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    Finding Out the Expiration Date of Domain Registration

    How do I find out the registration expiration date of a domain that's being squatted by someone else? I want to buy a domain from BuyDomains.com but I'm wondering if the registration of the domain will expire soon (if at all) so that I can buy it.

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    If you look up the domain name in WHOIS, look at expiration date.

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    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jihanemo View Post
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    use domaintools for that
    Also that should be mentored in the domain names list with your domain name registrar. BTW which one you are with?

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    Check this link to get all info about a domain http://centralops.net/co/DomainDossier.aspx

    Best regards.

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    Just looking at the whois expiration date will not tell you when the domain will be available.

    Once a domain has expired it goes through a redemption period before it is returned to the database to allow people to register it again. Also if it is being used or gets traffic there is a high chance it will be picked up by a drop catcher.
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    Quote Originally Posted by filth View Post
    Also if it is being used or gets traffic there is a high chance it will be picked up by a drop catcher.
    More likely in that instance is that the current owner will renew the domain for a further period so that it never actually expires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by felgall View Post
    More likely in that instance is that the current owner will renew the domain for a further period so that it never actually expires.
    Yup. And considering it's BuyDomains that's involved here, the likelihood of it
    happening is essentially little to none.

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    Yes - I figured that. My current domain is registered w/ Yahoo!. But I've given up on trying to register the domain I want once it expires (it expires next April). I'll probably have to buy it from BuyDomains. I contacted them for a quote a couple of times a while back. Do you think there's ANY chance they MAY not re-register the domain again?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jihanemo View Post
    Do you think there's ANY chance they MAY not re-register the domain again?
    As long as they renew it, they won't have to re-register it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jihanemo View Post
    How do I find out the registration expiration date of a domain that's being squatted by someone else? I want to buy a domain from BuyDomains.com but I'm wondering if the registration of the domain will expire soon (if at all) so that I can buy it.
    First off, it may not be being squatted. Buydomains.com are in the business of selling domains and they may be willing to sell the domain for a price. They tend not to let domains drop so you may be waiting a long time for it to drop.

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    I understand. I have to figure out if it makes sense for me to buy a .com to replace my .net. Once I figure that out, I can approach them with a price (they gave me a quote a while ago0. I just don't think it's fair for them to hold on to a domain that they do not intend on using for themselves (except to sell off for a profit) - but that's a whole other debate. Ecommerce World is a complicated land. It's a jungle out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jihanemo View Post
    I understand. I have to figure out if it makes sense for me to buy a .com to replace my .net. Once I figure that out, I can approach them with a price (they gave me a quote a while ago0. I just don't think it's fair for them to hold on to a domain that they do not intend on using for themselves (except to sell off for a profit) - but that's a whole other debate. Ecommerce World is a complicated land. It's a jungle out there.
    The market for domain names has changed a lot over the last year or so and it might be worth asking for new quote. If it is a valuable generic term in .com, the price may be still high. The domain business is all about profit. Unless the domain in question is a trademark term, there is very little to stop anyone speculating in com/net/org/etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jihanemo View Post
    I understand. I have to figure out if it makes sense for me to buy a .com to replace my .net. Once I figure that out, I can approach them with a price (they gave me a quote a while ago0. I just don't think it's fair for them to hold on to a domain that they do not intend on using for themselves (except to sell off for a profit) - but that's a whole other debate. Ecommerce World is a complicated land. It's a jungle out there.
    That is not good ide to bu the domain name to replace with. I suppose that is better to by that in addition to existing one you have

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    i think some host site sent you email about this, can you ask may be he can let you know


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